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Spirituality Quotient and Business Management

CASE FLYER, ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR
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Spirituality Quotient and Business Management

 

Expected Learning Outcomes

• Assess business schools’ current curriculum and debate on their relevance in the corporate world
• Whether the introduction of spirituality-related courses would transform MBAs into responsible corporate citizens

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Business Schools’ Curriculums: Logos, Ethos and Pathos

1. Is there any difference between a syllabus, a curriculum and a course outline? If yes, what should each of them ideally focus on?
2. “Using the classroom to help develop people…who have never managed is a sham.” Do you agree? Validate your response.
3. “The MBA was first introduced in 1908; it last underwent serious revision based on two reports published in the late 1950s…yet their flagship, the MBA, is a 1908 degree with a 1950s strategy.” Do you agree with this statement? Has the intent, content, scope, format, relevance, etc., of the MBA undergone any change over these years?
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Spirituality Quotient and Business Management

 

Synopsis

This case flyer focuses on the growing emphasis of premier Indian business schools on designing and introducing spirituality-based courses in its PGDM and Executive MBA programs. It deliberates on whether spirituality-related courses should be made mandatory by the business schools or would it be more effective if offered as an elective course. Is the business school curriculum designed to cater to the needs of the corporate world? The base article1 showcases the initiatives being taken by various B-schools in order to instil values like compassion and righteousness in their students. It also highlights how Indian B-schools are designing spirituality-related courses by drawing insights from spiritual texts such as the Bhagvad Gita. Can an increased focus on spirituality quotient guarantee future leaders who value ethics and righteousness over success and profits? Will introducing spirituality as a subject, reduce it to yet another course over a period of time?

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • • Assess business schools’ current curriculum and debate on their relevance in the corporate world
  • • Whether the introduction of spirituality-related courses would transform MBAs into responsible corporate citizens

 

Positioning and Setting

This case flyer can be used in the following course/program:

  • • Organizational Behavior (OB) – Learning & Attitude Modules – How appropriate learning can lead to shaping-up appropriate attitudes
  • • Faculty Development Program (FDP) – Re-inventing the relevance of the MBA program

 

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Abstract


This case flyer and the base article1 enable a discussion on the renewed emphasis being laid by premier Indian business schools on the concept of spirituality. It provides a platform to debate on the role of spirituality-based subjects in grooming future leaders. Driven by the expectation that focussing on the spirituality quotient would instil values such as external resilience and the ability to handle stress, Indian B-schools are introducing courses like the 'Science of Spirituality' and 'Embedded Leadership Excellence', among others, in their Executive MBA and PGDM programs. Indian business schools have embraced this new impetus on spirituality quotient with the expectation of grooming future leaders with a long-term and all-encompassing outlook. Are values like leadership and compassion innate or can they be developed? Is it possible to instil values like righteousness and ethics within a fixed duration? Will spirituality-based subjects wither out over a period of time?



Pedagogical Objectives

  • To critically assess business schools' (especially Indian business schools') current curriculum and to debate on their relevance in preparing the students for the desired and expected roles in the corporate world. Do they serve their self-mandated interests or do they serve their primary customers' interests?
  • To discuss and debate on whether the introduction of spirituality-related courses would transform MBAs into responsible corporate citizens with high moral and ethical compass


1 Rica Bhattacharyya, 'B-Schools Pump up Spiritual Quotient in Classrooms', The Economic Times, September 13th 2013



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